I run into trouble from time to time when I don’t document my meal well. It’s much tougher for me to recall something I did not order or eat. My memories of food is a combination of the senses. If left only to visually recalling the dish, I tend to do a poor job. Unfortunately. Madison Kitchen is one of these cases. I went with a friend who does not share food.
However, the real problem with this meal at Madison Kitchen in Larchmont, NY is the acoustics. The acoustics in the restaurant was horrible. HORRIBLE. The sound from conversations was amplified to such an extend that my friend and I were unable to hear each other when sitting cross at a small table. Yet we could so clearly hear the conversation from the other side of the restaurant. Shouting did not help. Regardless of the food, I will never return again to a restaurant that has the noise level comparable to a night club. Parmesan cheese bread. Warm and crunchy on the outside and soft and moist on the inside. It’s the perfect bread. Hummus, olive oil and butter for the bread. Lovely still. I believe this is the ENDIVE SALAD: Belgian Endive, Ripe Pear, Stilton Blue Cheese, Walnuts. Did not taste this salad.GRILLED OCTOPUS: Red Watercress Salad, Roasted Chick Peas, Squid Ink Black Hummus, Lemon Vinaigrette. I love octopus so on that front a well-grilled octopus dish always wins. But I have gotta say that I have had better. The ink did not do anything spectacular. The octopus from Salt & Fat in Brooklyn was executed in a very similar fashion but was much better. Click here for the post on Salt & Fat and here for my impromptu ranking of grilled octopus. Sadly, this dish by Madison Kitchen was not memorable. EVIL CAJUN JAMBALAYA: Duck, Shrimp, Andouille Sausage, Creole Sauce, Okra, Dirty Rice. I did not taste this dish but I understand that the rice was dry. Not outstanding. This was the pasta special that night. I enjoyed the pasta tremendously. The fettuccine was homemade and it was heavenly. Loved the bouncy texture; just the right amount of gluten. The simple tomato, a few pieces of bacon and grated cheese were absolutely delicious. I loved it.
There are some good qualities from Madison Kitchen. They know what they are doing with the food. Regrettably, with that acoustic issue, no one shall return unless the restaurant is empty. The noises were so over-whelming that I wanted to quickly finish the meal so I could leave. My ears were so much happier in the empty parking lot.
This experience took place at
7 Madison Ave,
Larchmont, NY 10538